Government of Assam (GoA) and Pearson have announced a joint initiative to provide vocational skills training for young people in Assam schools. This public-private partnership will serve as a platform for the introduction of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), a national programme to integrate skills, training and qualifications in schools. Under this initiative, Pearson will set up vocational skills centres in 10 specially-selected government schools, initially offering two training streams, in retail and computer hardware and IT. The design and implementation of the programme has seen close collaboration between all stakeholders, from teachers, academic administrators, students, and trainers as well as officials from GoA. The courses will be introduced for students in Class 9 in August 2012, before moving into higher classes with a wider portfolio. The skills courses will be conducted in newly-equipped classrooms and learning labs.